By Aug. 30, George Paton and Nathaniel Hackett have to cut the Denver Broncos’ roster down from 85 players to the final 53-man roster.

They’re still two preseason games left to determine the final few roster spots, but with one game already in the books, this is an idea of how Denver’s roster will look in two weeks time.

Offense (25)

Quarterback (2)

  • Russell Wilson
  • Josh Johnson
  • Brett Rypien

Johnson already had a solid lead on the backup job heading into the first preseason game and pulled away with it after his strong outing against the Cowboys. He’ll get the start in the second preseason game, indicating the backup job is nearly locked up.

Running Back (3)

  • Javonte Williams
  • Melvin Gordon
  • Mike Boone
  • JaQuan Hardy
  • Stevie Scott III

There’s a massive gap between Denver’s top three backs and the rest. This is a position the Broncos can save a roster spot by only keeping three.

Wide Receiver (6)

  • Courtland Sutton
  • Jerry Jeudy
  • K.J. Hamler
  • Montrell Washington
  • Kendall Hinton
  • Brandon Johnson
  • Seth Williams
  • Tyrie Cleveland
  • Trey Quinn
  • Darris Shepherd
  • Jalen Virgil

The Broncos’ young depth at receiver is incredibly impressive with multiple players stepping up against the Cowboys. Paton will add a few receivers to the practice squad.

Tight End (5)

  • Albert Okwuegbunam
  • Greg Dulcich
  • Eric Tomlinson
  • Eric Saubert
  • Andrew Beck
  • Dylan Parham

With Dulcich suffering a setback from his hamstring injury, the Broncos will hang on to four traditional tight end and hybrid fullback/tight end Beck.

Offensive Line (9)

  • Garett Bolles
  • Dalton Risner
  • Lloyd Cushenberry
  • Quinn Meinerz
  • Billy Turner
  • Calvin Anderson
  • Netane Muti
  • Graham Glasgow
  • Luke Wattenberg
  • Quinn Bailey
  • Cameron Fleming
  • Sebastian Gutierrez
  • Casey Tucker
  • Michael Niese
  • Zack Johnson

Denver’s offensive line is straight-forward, especially with Turner off the PUP. The only potential wild card will be if the team decides to keep Glasgow as veteran depth.

Defense (25)

Defensive Line (6)

  • D.J. Jones
  • Dre’Mont Jones
  • DeShawn Williams
  • Eyioma Uwazurike
  • Matt Henningsen
  • Mike Purcell
  • Jonathan Harris
  • McTelvin Agim
  • Marquiss Spencer

Harris, Agim and Spencer all have a shot at making the final 53-man roster. The defensive line is far from decided.

Outside Linebacker (5)

  • Bradley Chubb
  • Randy Gregory
  • Malik Reed
  • Baron Browning
  • Nik Bonitto
  • Jonathon Cooper
  • Jonathan Kongbo
  • Aaron Patrick

If the Broncos are looking to make a last-minute trade, this would be a position they could move on from a player, potentially Reed. By trading Reed, it would allow them to keep Cooper on the 53-man roster.

Inside Linebacker (4)

  • Josey Jewell
  • Jonas Griffith
  • Joe Schobert
  • Alex Singleton
  • Justin Strnad
  • Barrington Wade
  • Kana’i Mauga

With the injury to Griffith, the Broncos will have to keep four inside backers on the roster for depth. The recent signing of Schobert gives him the upper-hand to make the roster.

Cornerback (6)

  • Pat Surtain
  • Ronald Darby
  • K’Waun Williams
  • Damarri Mathis
  • Michael Ojemudia
  • Faion Hicks
  • Bless Austin
  • Essang Bassey
  • Donnie Lewis Jr.
  • Ja’Wuan McMillian

Denver’s sixth, and potentially fifth, corner spot is up for grabs. Austin, Bassey and Hicks are in a tight battle for a spot. If they all play exceptional, they could even push out Ojemudia.

Safety (4)

  • Justin Simmons
  • Kareem Jackson
  • P.J. Locke
  • Caden Sterns
  • J.R. Reed
  • Delarrin Turner-Yell

Reed can earn a spot on the team by proving himself too valuable on special teams to cut. Turner-Yell is the last cut on the team, showing how close is he to making the team. Two strong weeks to end the preseason can earn him a spot.

Special Teams (3)

  • Brandon McManus
  • Sam Martin
  • Jacob Bobenmoyer
  • Corliss Waitman

Waitman was giving Martin a run for his money at punter during training camp. However, Martin had a much stronger performance in the first preseason game. Waitman will have to step his game up to bump the veteran for a roster spot.

Physically Unable to Perform

  • Tom Compton

Season-ending IR

  • Tim Patrick
  • Damarea Crockett
  • Christopher Allen
  • Tyreik McAllister

Practice Squad Candidates

  • Justin Strnad
  • Jonathon Cooper
  • Brett Rypien
  • Brandon Johnson
  • Jalen Virgil
  • Tyrie Cleveland
  • Quinn Bailey
  • Ben Braden
  • McTelvin Agim
  • Jonathan Harris
  • Aaron Patrick
  • Barrington Wade
  • Bless Austin
  • Essang Bassey
  • Corliss Waitman

Zac Stevens was born and raised in Denver, went to the University of Denver and now covers the Denver Broncos. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from DU in 2014, Zac worked for the Cleveland Browns as a remote scout. He then jumped straight into the journalism industry at the beginning of 2016 covering the reigning world-champion Broncos and joined DNVR soon after. Catch him on Twitter @ZacStevensDNVR and daily on the DNVR Broncos podcast as the co-host.